MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Detroit Tigers star Gary Sheffield was fined an undisclosed amount Wednesday by Major League Baseball for recently criticizing umpires.
``Our highly professional umpires protect the integrity of the game on the field. Attacks on their professionalism and character will not be tolerated,'' commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.
The often-outspoken Sheffield declined to be comment following batting practice before Detroit's game at Minnesota.
This punishment stemmed from remarks he made in June regarding a suspension he received for allegedly throwing a piece of his broken bat at home plate umpire Greg Gibson in a May game at Cleveland. Sheffield and manager Jim Leyland disputed Gibson's claim.
When the suspension was reduced from three games to two last month, Sheffield still wasn't happy and lashed out at the umpires.
``It just goes to show you it wasn't true and how corrupt the umpiring system is,'' he said then. ``They can make a statement, and that means it's true.''

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